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Comic Con – Don’t Miss This!!!

Hey Frocktalkers!  If you are at the Con in the next few days, you are not going to want to miss the following:

EVERY DAY from 9A – 7P at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (just south of the Convention Center) is the COSTUME DESIGN ILLUSTRATION EXHIBIT.  The exhibit is in the AQUA level, rooms 311 and 312.  There are going to be a LOT of cool illustrations there, including some that I did for Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2!  Check it out!

Friday at 11AM in room 32 AB it’s the CDG TELEVISION PANEL, with designers Audrey Fisher (True Blood), Ane Crabtree (Justified), Shawna Trpcic (Firefly), Pamela Shaw (Assistant Designer, Vampire Diaries),  Jennifer Eve (Assistant Designer, Glee).

Friday from 12Noon – 1PM in the Sails Pavilion you can get AUTOGRAPHS from all the costume designers from the television panel.  And just between you and me, they will probably have some cool ephemera from their shows that they will sign for you!

Friday at 2:15PM in Hall H don’t miss Costume Designer Wendy Chuck and the panel for the upcoming film DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK!

Friday at 5:15PM, in Ballroom 20, it’s Costume Designer Audrey Fisher and the TRUE BLOOD panel!

Saturday at 12:30 in room 5AB, don’t miss the CDG FEATURE FILM PANEL, with Michael Wilkinson (Designer, Jonah Hex), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Illustrator, Inception), Christine Bieselin Clark (Co- Designer, Tron: Legacy), Ha Nguyen (Designer, Priest), Laura Jean Shannon (Designer, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Shawnelle Cherry (Designer, 10,000 Days).

Saturday from 2P – 3P in the Sails Pavilion, you can get AUTOGRAPHS from all of the speakers at the Feature Film Panel!  They may also have some cool ephemera for your Comic Con collection.

Saturday at 4PM at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel is the CDG/ADG ILLUSTRATORS PANEL.  CDG Members Christian Cordella (The Last Airbender), and Brian Valenzuela (Star Trek), and ADG Members Benton Jew (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Phil Saunders (Iron Man 2) and dual CDG/ADG Member Robin Richesson (The Last Airbender) will tell you how illustration becomes reality.

Saturday at 8PM, it’s the big Masquerade Costume Contest!!!  If you can get tickets, do NOT miss this event!  It is a total riot!

Some helpful hints for a good time at Comic Con:

1) Travel light.  Comic Con is totally crowded, and they won’t let you bring a shopping cart in with you.

2) Bring some food with you – a banana, bottle of water, bag of chips, whatever.  The food for sale at the Con is gross (movie nachos, greasy hot dogs, etc) so you will probably want to have lunch across the street from the Con in the Gaslamp district.  But if you are starving, having a Clif Bar with you would be helpful.

3) Wear comfortable shoes.  The SD Convention center is huge, so although stilettos may make you feel like a sultry video vixen, they are going to end up killing you.  Comic Con is all about walking and standing, so really you might want to put function above form in this case, if you have to choose.

See you there!!  Please come up and introduce yourself if you see me after the panel!  It will be nice to meet you, Frocktalkers!!

– KMB

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